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Passionate Practice: The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing, and Performing
"Relax your shoulders." "Let go of tension." "Look at the music." "Don't look at the music." Look at the keyboard." "Don't look at the keyboard." "Listen to the music." "Don't think, just play." Every music student has heard such suggestions, and they all hold some truth. But the challenge is: how? This book is a gentle, progressive guide in exactly how to relax, focus, li ...more
Paperback, 109 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Regent Press
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This book isn't quite what I had hoped for, though it might be what many people wanted. I'm sick of rote memorization and want to play music more playfully, with creativity and improvisation, even composing some things. This book is not about that. It's about dealing with anxiety while practicing and performing through the use of relaxation and visualization techniques.